Our Team

The Childrens’ House is fortunate to have the expertise and experience of professional, conscientious and dedicated people on staff and your child will be educated by the following staff in our cohesive single unit facility.

Meet our warm, caring and dedicated staff.

Lucy McGinley

Lucy McGinley

Teacher/Director

Lucy has been working in Montessori Early Childhood settings for over 11 years. She is passionate about connecting with children by discovering their interests and incorporating these throughout the environment. Lucy enjoys time in nature with her family, often collecting natural found items to share with the children, reading, cooking … and eating, and creative activities.

At the MCH Lucy is the Teacher for the two, two day kindergarten programs and the Centre Director.

Lucy also enjoys her role as Educational Leader, mentoring staff and ensuring they are embracing current theories as well as the Montessori method. Having been a parent, committee member and a previous staff member for 8 years, Lucy is involved in all areas of the Infant’s House and Children’s House.

Sharon Coombes

Sharon Coombes

Educator

Sharon is the Educator across both groups. Sharon first worked at the MCH and MIH when Lucy and Sam’s children were in attendance, so she comes very highly recommended!

Sharon has worked at seven different Montessori Centres throughout Brisbane over the past 26 years. She brings a wide range of experience along with her calm and caring nature. She is dedicated to every individual child in her care and loves to help the child be who they want to be, to develop their independence, confidence, and self-esteem.

During her spare times Sharon loves going kayaking or bush walking with friends and also enjoys art and craft activities.
As you can see she is also a lot of fun!

Junko Papi

Junko Papi

Educator

Junko was born in Japan and graduated with a Teaching degree for Junior High School. She arrived in Australia in 1994. After her daughter was born, she completed a Certificate Ⅲ for Education Support (Teacher Aide). Junko started working for Montessori Children House in August 2019 and has always loved the Montessori philosophy and environment. Now she is studying for her Certificate for Montessori approach. Junko loves nature, food and her family including a chihuahua & guinea pigs!

Junko is the Educator for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday groups.

Sam Lister

Sam Lister

Educator and Administration Officer

Sam is the Educator for the two day Thursday & Friday group. She loves connecting with children to provide an atmosphere where they are happy and excited to engage in activities and develop a love of learning. Sam enjoys being part of the children’s games and outdoor activities promoting connectedness and participation in all forms of play.

Sam has 3 beautiful children of her own and saw the benefits of Montessori education early on with the development of her own little ones. It began a Montessori journey in education where she has been both working and involved in the Infants’ House and Children’s House for the past 14 years. Outside of work she enjoys keeping up with her own family and friends, going to the beach, movies, dining out, keeping active and making or participating in creative activities.

Sam is also our Administration Officer on Monday and Wednesday and one of our Infants’ House Co-ordinator’s.

Corianda

Corianda

Infants' House Co-ordinator

Corianda is one of our Infants’ House co-ordinators and guides the Playgroup on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Corianda has two boys who have both graduated from the Montessori Children’s House. Corianda enjoys sharing her Scottish/Welsh culture with the Montessori community, adventuring with her family and is an excellent cook when she isn’t studying.

Watering the garden at the Infants' House

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